Torrential rains in Oklahoma; Summer in March continues for Midwest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:07 PM GMT on March 20, 2012

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A significant flood event is underway in Eastern Oklahoma, where widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches have fallen since yesterday. Up to four more inches of rain is likely today, and the National Weather Service in Tulsa is warning of the potential for "widespread and potentially catastrophic areal flooding and river flooding" should some of the higher rainfall amounts being forecast materialize. Numerous main-stem rivers across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas are now approaching flood stage, and will likely experience moderate to major flooding into Wednesday. Rainfall has also been heavy over Eastern Texas, with widespread amounts of 2 - 4 inches. These heavy rains are causing some street flooding, but in general, will be a benefit, as moderate to severe drought conditions still cover most of the region.


Figure 1. Radar-estimated rainfall for Eastern Oklahoma since March 19, 2012, as estimated by the Tulsa, Oklahoma radar.

The storm system responsible is a massive, slow-moving trough of low pressure over the Western U.S. that is colliding with the warmest and moistest air mass ever recorded in March in the Central and Eastern U.S. According to the NWS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, moisture flowing northwards into Minnesota along the cold front early this week had the highest levels of moisture ever recorded so early in the year. At the boundary between the Western U.S. trough of low pressure and Central U.S. ridge of high pressure, a cold front is lifting huge quantities of moisture-laden air aloft, forcing torrential rains to fall. The cold front is also expected to trigger a Slight Risk of severe weather over East Texas, Western Louisiana, and Southern Arkansas today, says NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. Severe thunderstorm watches are already posted for much of East Texas, as seen on our Severe Weather Map. Three tornadoes were reported yesterday in Texas, and eleven touched down the previous day in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The tornado that hit North Platte, Nebraska two days ago was rated a strong EF-3, and injured four people.


Figure 2. Predicted rainfall amounts for the 2-day period Tuesday morning through Thursday morning show an area of 3+ inches (orange colors) is expected over Eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Southwest Missouri. Image credit: NOAA HPC.

Summer in March continues for the Midwest
The ongoing March heat wave in the Midwest will continue to set all-time heat records through Thursday, gradually shifting its peak intensity eastwards during the week. A few highlights from yesterday's records:

Pellston, Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula is called "Michigan's Icebox", since it frequently records the coldest temperatures in the state, and in the entire nation. But the past three days, Pellston has topped out at 80° - 82°F, the first 80°F March days in their history. Yesterday's 82° reading broke the previous record for the date (56° in 1976) by an amazing 26°, and was 44°F above average. Nearby Traverse City hit 83°F yesterday, the third consecutive day the city has experienced its hottest March temperature on record.

International Falls, Minnesota hit 78°F yesterday, 42° above average, and the 2nd hottest March temperature on record in the Nation's Icebox. The record of 79°F was set the previous day. Remarkably, the low temperature for International Falls bottomed out at 60°F yesterday, tying the previous record high for the date. I've never seen a station with a century-long data record have its low temperature for the date match the previous record high for the date. Yesterday was the seventh consecutive day that International Falls broke or tied a daily record. That is spectacularly hard to do for a station with a century-long weather record. The longest string of consecutive records being broken I'm aware of is nine days in a row, set June 2 - 10, 1911 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (with weather records going back to 1905.) International Falls has a good chance of surpassing nine consecutive records this week.

Record heat in Canada
Record-breaking heat has also penetrated into the Prairie provinces of Canada over the past week. Winnipeg, Manitoba has broken its record high for the past five days in a row, and hit 24°C (75.2°F) yesterday, its hottest March temperature on record. Forecast high temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday across Ontario are near 26°C, which will threaten the records for hottest March day in history for Windsor, London, Hamilton, and Toronto.


Figure 3. The jet stream pattern features a large, southwards dipping bulge over the Western U.S., creating a trough of low pressure with cold and snow, and a large, northwards looping bulge over the Central U.S., creating a record-strength ridge of high pressure.

Why the record early-season warmth?
The unusual warmth is due to a loop in the jet stream that has created a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is stuck in place over the Eastern U.S.--a phenomenon known as a "blocking pattern." Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, and the large loop in the jet places its axis far to the north of the eastern U.S., summer-like warmth has developed over the eastern half of the U.S. Conversely, colder than average temperatures have developed over the western third of the U.S. behind the southwards-dipping loop of the jet stream. This jet stream pattern is too extreme to be stable, and the big loop over the Western U.S. will break off and form a giant eddy on Wednesday. The resulting area of low pressure will be known as a "cut-off low", because it will be cut off from the jet stream. The cut-off low will drift slowly eastwards during the week, gradually bringing an end to "Summer in March" over the Eastern half of the U.S.

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536. MahFL
5:04 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Drought through at least June in FL.


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535. nrtiwlnvragn
3:24 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
NEW BLOG
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534. hydrus
3:21 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting Jedkins01:




I'm not sure if those estimates are quite accurate, lets see if we actually have rain gauges to confirm. The radar already overestimated by as must as 10 inches in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Some areas that got the most rain(4 to 6) the radar thought they had 12-15.


However it does seem the estimates are a bit better in Louisiana, but, still, lets get rain gauges to confirm, I wouldn't trust the radar. Sometimes radar underestimates dramatically as well. It frequently underestimates here. Last years total estimated rainfall by radar over my area showed about 40-45 inches. However, actual rain gauges in my area got anywhere from 50 to 70 for last year...



I know I already talked about this last night but not everyone noticed I guess :)



Anyways, I feel its always good to find rain gauges around the area and compare them with estimates. I haven't done a careful check on Louisiana as far as rain gauges in comparison to estimates, but, I did do a few comparisons and unfortunately that stripe of 10 inches in West Louisiana is probably fairly accurate.
You have a good point Jed. Radar is not infallible and makes incorrect measurements at times. Rain gauges are the best way to measure rain if it is not to windy. I think eventually they will tweak the radar enough to get those more accurate rainfall amounts. I have witnessed the radars get it right too, so it does have the ability. In the transmitted radar signal, the electric field is perpendicular to the direction of propagation, and this direction of the electric field is the polarization of the wave. Radars use horizontal, vertical, linear and circular polarization to detect different types of reflections. For example, circular polarization is used to minimize the interference caused by rain. Linear polarization returns usually indicate metal surfaces. Random polarization returns usually indicate a fractal surface, such as rocks or soil, and are used by navigation radars. We have come a long way tho.This is Hurricane Abby approaching the coast of British Honduras. The complete eyewall cloud is visible. Location: Near British Honduras (Belize)
Date 15 July 1960
Source NOAA photo lib
Author NOAA's National Weather Service..Wiki
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533. Jedkins01
3:15 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting Josihua2:
lol a piece of this storm need to branch off and pay a visit to Florida...



Unfortunately I don't see any sign of drought improvement coming for Florida. In fact we may suffer with increasing drought into May without hardly any relief.
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532. nrtiwlnvragn
3:12 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
HPC Storm Summary

Excerpt:

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES FROM 700 PM CDT SUN MAR
18 THROUGH 900 AM CDT WED MAR 21...



...LOUISIANA...
NATCHITOCHES 0.9 NE 8.91
FORT POLK 7.12
DERIDDER 5.95
SIMSBORO 0.3 WNW 5.74
STARKS 5.50
PLAIN DEALING 3.3 ESE 5.40
HOMER 1.2 N 5.21
MINDEN 2.0 NE 5.08
SHREVEPORT 9.1 SE 5.01
MINDEN 2.2 NE 4.86
BOSSIER CITY 7.9 NNW 4.67
VINTON 4.30
SHREVEPORT 4.06

Guess they left out this gage:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
651 AM CDT WED MAR 21 2012

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0645 AM HEAVY RAIN 10 SSE PROVENCAL 31.52N 93.14W
03/21/2012 M10.19 INCH NATCHITOCHES LA PARK/FOREST SRVC

MEASURED 10.19 RAINFALL AT KISATCHIE RANGER STATION 24
HOUR-OBSERVATION ENDING AT 6 AM MARCH 21 2012.
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531. SPLbeater
3:12 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Thunderstorms popping up everywhere to my east...:D
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530. Jedkins01
2:59 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
That is a huge amount of rain in a short amount of time. I would be surprised if they dont have significant damage in some areas. Thank you for noticing my 10,000th post. It really is a milestone for me..:)..This model forecast show the precipitation levels really well..Link




I'm not sure if those estimates are quite accurate, lets see if we actually have rain gauges to confirm. The radar already overestimated by as must as 10 inches in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Some areas that got the most rain(4 to 6) the radar thought they had 12-15.


However it does seem the estimates are a bit better in Louisiana, but, still, lets get rain gauges to confirm, I wouldn't trust the radar. Sometimes radar underestimates dramatically as well. It frequently underestimates here. Last years total estimated rainfall by radar over my area showed about 40-45 inches. However, actual rain gauges in my area got anywhere from 50 to 70 for last year...



I know I already talked about this last night but not everyone noticed I guess :)



Anyways, I feel its always good to find rain gauges around the area and compare them with estimates. I haven't done a careful check on Louisiana as far as rain gauges in comparison to estimates, but, I did do a few comparisons and unfortunately that stripe of 10 inches in West Louisiana is probably fairly accurate.
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529. nigel20
2:57 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting Josihua2:
I predict 12 named storms 5 hurricanes 2 major......

What if we have a year similar to the 2011 pacific hurricane season...which had 11 name storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes
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528. Tropicsweatherpr
2:52 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting nigel20:

Thanks Tropicsweatherpr, so maybe 8-11 name storm, 4-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes?


Looks like they will go with those.
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527. nigel20
2:52 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting TampaSpin:


Looks like LaNina is kicking into gear very well.

Yeah, La nina is stilll hanging on and will likely delay or inhibit the chance of an el nino...JMO
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526. Josihua2
2:51 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting nigel20:

Thanks Tropicsweatherpr, so maybe 8-11 name storm, 4-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes?
I predict 12 named storms 5 hurricanes 2 major......
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525. nigel20
2:47 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Sneak preview of CSU April forecast is up. The headline is less Active Atlantic in 2012.

Link

Thanks Tropicsweatherpr, so maybe 8-11 name storm, 4-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes?
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524. Josihua2
2:44 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting TampaSpin:


For sure a Drought Buster for some that needed.
lol a piece of this storm need to branch off and pay a visit to Florida...
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523. fireflymom
2:42 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Those visit the Gulf Coast Commercials are working.
Quoting Josihua2:
AGREED but needs to move at 20mph and get the heck outta there! its almost as if the storm is saying ahh... better I relax in this state for a while.

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522. TampaSpin
2:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting nigel20:


Looks like LaNina is kicking into gear very well.
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521. TampaSpin
2:40 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting Josihua2:
AGREED but needs to move at 20mph and get the heck outta there! its almost as if the storm is saying ahh... better I relax in this state for a while.


For sure a Drought Buster for some that needed.
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520. nigel20
2:37 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
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519. aislinnpaps
2:33 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting AussieStorm:
Congratulations St Marys Primary School in Rydalmere, NSW, Australia(My kids school). The Weather Channel will be visiting your school on March 22.

On March 22 (the day before World Meteorological Day), The Weather Channel and Dick Whitaker will visit my kids school to:
- Assist your class in making the entered weather project
- Conduct a mini weather presentation
- Release a weather balloon from your school grounds (whole school can get involved).

How cool is that.


That is awesome!! Do let us know how it goes.
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518. Tropicsweatherpr
2:32 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Sneak preview of CSU April forecast is up. The headline is less Active Atlantic in 2012.

Link
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517. Josihua2
2:32 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting TampaSpin:
..


Ya i see that...WOW it was nearly stationary for 24hours raining over the same areas Continously....Glad its moving no matter how slow.
AGREED but needs to move at 20mph and get the heck outta there! its almost as if the storm is saying ahh... better I relax in this state for a while.
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516. RitaEvac
2:29 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Molotov cocktails thrown at Democratic Texas state senator's office


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515. nigel20
2:24 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:



Steaming
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514. Patrap
2:20 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
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513. TampaSpin
2:20 PM GMT on March 21, 2012



Looks like the SubTropical Jet is going to keep the South WET! WOW....then another DIP might be coming with another LOW at the end of the LOOP!
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512. RitaEvac
2:17 PM GMT on March 21, 2012







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511. TampaSpin
2:17 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
its moving on now rains end from the west to east
..


Ya i see that...WOW it was nearly stationary for 24hours raining over the same areas Continously....Glad its moving no matter how slow.
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510. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:15 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting TampaSpin:
Morning everyone! Wow the flooding in Louisiana is getting insane.
its moving on now rains end from the west to east
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509. TampaSpin
2:13 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Morning everyone! Wow the flooding in Louisiana is getting insane.
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508. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:12 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Pollen count almost hit 10,000 yesterday, has gone down today. Now we wait the the onslaught of pollen from pine trees (aka every other tree you see, or more)

The 80s are coming to and end:

for just a short time they will rteturn warmer than before
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507. AussieStorm
2:06 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting SPLbeater:


pretty cool...i just wish the NWS was doing it instead of twc. I sure woldnt be excited if TWC came to my house(IMO, of course)

Dick Whitaker used to work for the BOM before TWC Australia started.
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506. RitaEvac
2:02 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
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505. nigel20
1:58 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:



The heavy rain is now at the Louisiana/Mississippi border
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504. SPLbeater
1:52 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting AussieStorm:
Congratulations St Mary%u2019s Primary School in Rydalmere, NSW, Australia(My kids school). The Weather Channel will be visiting your school on March 22.

On March 22 (the day before World Meteorological Day), The Weather Channel and Dick Whitaker will visit my kids school to:
- Assist your class in making the entered weather project
- Conduct a mini weather presentation
- Release a weather balloon from your school grounds (whole school can get involved).

How cool is that.


pretty cool...i just wish the NWS was doing it instead of twc. I sure woldnt be excited if TWC came to my house(IMO, of course)
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503. nigel20
1:52 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Over a FOOT of rain in western LA. If you remember some of these areas got 15" last week!


My word!
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502. nigel20
1:50 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Good morning all
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501. GeorgiaStormz
1:49 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Pollen count almost hit 10,000 yesterday, has gone down today. Now we wait the the onslaught of pollen from pine trees (aka every other tree you see, or more)

The 80s are coming to and end:

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500. Patrap
1:47 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
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499. AussieStorm
1:46 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Congratulations St Marys Primary School in Rydalmere, NSW, Australia(My kids school). The Weather Channel will be visiting your school on March 22.

On March 22 (the day before World Meteorological Day), The Weather Channel and Dick Whitaker will visit my kids school to:
- Assist your class in making the entered weather project
- Conduct a mini weather presentation
- Release a weather balloon from your school grounds (whole school can get involved).

How cool is that.
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498. aislinnpaps
1:40 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
How is Louisiana surviving? Area of La. had 15 inches on March 13 in 5 hours and received way too much rain last night. Seeing totals of over 10 inches last night in parts of La and it is still pouring.


Parts of us are under water. My town has too many road closures to name, including the main one in and out of town. The lake less than a mile from me is way up, but they opened the dam just before it all started, so it's up over the docks, but I haven't heard of it being in any houses, but not much news is out yet as to how much damage there is here. There are still cars floating I've heard in many places.
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497. GeorgiaStormz
1:39 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Hey Patrap, was yesterdays earthquake our megaquake and axis shift or is the real one coming tomorrow?
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496. Josihua2
1:36 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting SteveDa1:
It is already 15.2C or 60F here at 8:45am. A morning temperature I would expect in June. Daytime high is normally around 39F.

80F is forecast... that would break our March record of 78F or 25.6C by 5 days.

It has never been above 20C here before the 26th of March since records began in 1941. We are at our 4th day in a row above that mark and it is March 21st. Tomorrow will be the 5th and final day.
yup! usually wake up to 38F - 45F temperatures, not the case now at all..... as early as 7.30am u get a reading of 60F..... *ponders*
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495. SPLbeater
1:35 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
We look to be in a dry period for next 7 to 10 days so good timing.


yup! and i gotta wait until NOVEMBER for my upgrade...but Wilmington radar only till June so i might play around with it until the Raleigh is installed lol.
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494. Patrap
1:35 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
827 am CDT Wednesday Mar 21 2012




Sounding discussion...
no problems with this mornings flight. Strong surface winds
around 20kts from the southeast were observed at release. The winds
increase nearly 30kts in the first 1500 feet of the flight. The precipitable water
value was at 1.32 inches. The sounding is saturated from just
below 950mb through 925mb. Dry air is located just above 750mb.
The lifted index of -4.5 indicates an unstable atmosphere. Mean
low level winds from the surface through 5k feet are from the
southeast just under 40kts. From 5k to 10k feet the winds veer
from the south and are at 37kts. The winds remain just out of the
south through just below 16k feet.


&&


Previous discussion... /issued 514 am CDT Wednesday Mar 21 2012/


Short term...
forecast is still on track from previous package. Latest water
vapor image shows the upper level low centered near the
Texas/Oklahoma border. Rain and thunderstorms are lined up across
western Louisiana and are slowly making their way towards our
forecast area. Some areas to the west have received well over 6
inches over the last 12 hours. As the front slowly moves our way
deep moisture convergence will continue to provide the juice needed
to keep the heavy rain going. Precipitable water values are
expected to be in the 1.5 to 1.8 inch range during the height of
the event over our area. Heavy rain and flooding will be an issue
due to the slow movement of the storms and storms traversing the
same areas. Expect 2 to 4 inches of rainfall for the area through
Thursday evening with some locally higher amounts up to 6 inches
mixed in. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect today for this reason.
Right now the heaviest rainfall totals are still expected to be along
and west of the Interstate 55 corridor. The possibility of some
strong to severe storms is still out there as well. There is a
slight risk for severe weather today with the main threats being
strong gusty winds and even a possible brief spin up tornado. Cape
values are expected to be near 1000 j/kg along with more than
sufficient 0-1 km helicity values to get storms to rotate. A
Tornado Watch is in effect this morning across the western
portions of the County Warning Area until noon. The this will have to be watched
as storms push through the area. Expect rain and thunderstorms to
continue through Thursday as the boundary slowly moves through the
area. 13/mh
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493. bohonkweatherman
1:33 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
How is Louisiana surviving? Area of La. had 15 inches on March 13 in 5 hours and received way too much rain last night. Seeing totals of over 10 inches last night in parts of La and it is still pouring.
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492. Patrap
1:32 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting aislinnpaps:
Morning, Patrap. Looks like this storm is heading your way now. I hope it keeps on the move and no more stalling. We're forecasted for more rain today, but not the deluge we had. I'm going to enjoy the day off of teaching. I just got a call and one of my son's friends is now coming to stay here with his 120 pound German Shepherd. His house is going under water. The question is if he will be able to get here. Off to the kennel to find my huge crate I'm not currently using...


Be safe, I hope it all moves along as well.

The timing will be critical as Storms are beginning to fire ahead of the main Line and that's usually a bad sign. Long way to go to Max heating later.
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491. bohonkweatherman
1:30 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting SPLbeater:
Good news for you people that live near Austin/San Antonio.

that NWS radar gon be out for up to 10 days due to installation of Dual Polarization :)
We look to be in a dry period for next 7 to 10 days so good timing.
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490. aislinnpaps
1:24 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Morning, Patrap. Looks like this storm is heading your way now. I hope it keeps on the move and no more stalling. We're forecasted for more rain today, but not the deluge we had. I'm going to enjoy the day off of teaching. I just got a call and one of my son's friends is now coming to stay here with his 120 pound German Shepherd. His house is going under water. The question is if he will be able to get here. Off to the kennel to find my huge crate I'm not currently using...
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489. SPLbeater
1:21 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Good news for you people that live near Austin/San Antonio.

that NWS radar gon be out for up to 10 days due to installation of Dual Polarization :)
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488. ILwthrfan
1:14 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


Looks like the Dallas/Ft. Worth radar was having trouble estimating precipitation in its outer ranges. That's a lot of error there.
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487. Patrap
1:07 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
‎..."O the mighty arms of Atlas, hold's the heaven's from the Earth"..
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486. aislinnpaps
1:07 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Over a FOOT of rain in western LA. If you remember some of these areas got 15" last week!



Main roads are closed, houses are flooding, and cars are floating down 171, the main street through my town. Not too many photos yet, but I think that's because no one can get out to get them.
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